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Working 4 you: Getting your finances in order when buying a home

For first time home buyers, it's important to make sure your finances are in order. To successfully buy a home, you'll need patience, an ability to take rejection and sound financial planning. 

So here's what you need to get in order:

Your other debts: The first thing lenders will look at when you're buying a home is your other debts. This includes car loans, student loans, credit card payments and anything else you may owe each month. They'll want to see that your debts plus your proposed mortgage will consume 45% or less of your income. 

Your credit score: You'll also need to get your credit score in order. The minimum credit score to get a mortgage these days is about 600. Your credit score dictates what loan program you can apply for, which can sway a seller. So, the higher your credit score, the more and better loan offerings you will receive. 

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Police locate missing family

Police say a family who was feared missing Thursday evening has been found. 

Thursday night around 7:30, police received reports of suspicious activity at a home near the corner of 18th and Fiske. 

The report indicated 24-year-old James Bench was seen carrying his unresponsive girlfriend, 24-year-old Lindsay Montano, out to their car. He then put their children in the car and took off. 

Police say the family was found. Montano was taken to the hospital and Bench was arrested on unrelated warrants. Police say the children are safe. 

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

 

In celebration of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, Gonzaga University's Foley Center will present an exhibit on Gonzaga Basketball's biggest highlights throughout the years.

 

The exhibit, entitled "Slam Dunk: GU Basketball Highlights," will be on display for the entirety of the NCAA tournament, and is free and open to the public Monday-Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

 

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

 

Looking to green up your home's landscaping?

 

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff through planting trees, the City of Spokane and its partners will be giving away 2,000 trees as a part of the Residential Tree program. 

 

Spokane residents can receive up to two free trees at the two giveaway events in 2015. The first event is set to be held on April 17th and 18th, and a second event will happen near the end of October. Approximately 1,000 trees of a variety of species will be offered at each event.

 

The City's Office of Neighborhood Services is working with three local nurseries that will have the tree stock available on the day of the event.

  • Blue Moon Nursery: 1732 S. Inland Empire Way Spokane, WA 99224
  • Spokane Conservation District: 210 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
  • Home Fires Nursery: 2919 S. Geiger Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224

 

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SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

 

The Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman program, operated by SNAP, is recruiting new volunteers specifically needed in the communities surrounding Spokane. Over 150 nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities in our region do not have a local ombudsman resource for the residents, families, and staff to assure that residents receive quality care.

 

SNAP is looking for volunteers who can spend four hours a week to offer added protection to vulnerable adults in the community. Certified ombudsman offer a listening ear to residents and a voice for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. SNAP needs volunteers to work with the residents, family and staff of their local long term care facility to help address issues early, preventing bigger problems and possible neglect. The volunteer will visit long-term care facilities on a regular basis, talk to residents and try to resolve their needs. 

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

 

Washington State University's doctor of pharmacy program has earned reaccreditation through June 2023.

 

“The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education also has endorsed the College of Pharmacy’s plans to extend the doctor of pharmacy program to Yakima, Wash., beginning in August,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of the college.

 

According to the University, this accreditation covers both Spokane and Yakima, but WSU will provide updates to the ACPE after student pharmacists in Yakima complete their first year and the program continues to grow.